Mason Diaz rebounded from a tough qualifying effort and an early accident in the 100-lap Super Late Model finale of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car racing at New Smyrna Speedway on Saturday night.
Diaz entered the race with high hopes and strong expectations after besting Mike Skinner to win the Pro Late Model 100-lapper on Friday night, but things quickly went south in qualifying. When the air box cover was inadvertently left, Diaz struggled in qualifying with a 21st place effort.
Diaz was involved in an incident on the 16th lap of the race, sustaining damage to his car. After the Mike Darne Racing crew was able to repair the damage, Diaz returned to the track and rebounded to finish 14th.
“We were hoping for a much better run, but we learned a lot and salvaged what we could,” Diaz said. “The car was fast, but we left the air box cover on in qualifying and ended up starting deep in the field because of that. I can’t thank Mike Darne Racing and Solid Rock Carriers and everyone who helped out this weekend enough. We came away with a win on Friday, so it was a successful weekend all in all.”
With New Smyrna now in his rear view mirror, Diaz now looks ahead to the Rattler 250, which will be run at South Alabama Speedway in Kinston, Alabama on Sunday, March 18th.
Diaz’s efforts were supported by Solid Rock Carriers, The Sign Shop, Fury Race Cars and Mike Darne Racing.